Issue 2007

Mary Lou Jepsen: One Laptop Per Child


Mary Lou Jepsen is the Chief Technology Officer of the One Laptop per Child project. The project began through the MIT Media Lab and now runs as a non profit organization. The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) was designed to be targeted to children in developing countries. It had to be versatile and be available at a very low cost. Dr. Jepsen holds a PhD in Optics, BS in Electrical Engineering and BA req. in Studio Art, Brown University. She also holds an MS from the MIT Media Lab. She was an assistant professor of Computer Science at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. She will become a professor at the MIT Media Lab in September 2007 where she will found and lead a research effort in nomadic displays.